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Management and Human Resources-Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 540926
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Human Resources, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management
Management and Human Resources Department
College of Business Administration

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management position in the Management and Human Resources (MHR) Department beginning Fall 2025. Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in an integrative, experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher-Scholar Model.

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people, who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2022, the campus launched the Black Thriving Initiative recognizing that Cal Poly Pomona’s future as a university is linked to the success of its Black community. More information about our campus initiatives and our Principles of Community can be found on the Office of Inclusive Excellence’s website

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit, and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP.

Student Population.  Cal Poly Pomona is the number one polytechnic university in the nation for student diversity and economic mobility. Our caring and inclusive campus community is committed to helping anyone who dreams of success achieve it. In Fall 2023, Cal Poly Pomona served more than 24,000 students and close to 2,000 graduate students, mostly residents of California. Over half of Cal Poly Pomona students are first-generation college students, 70% receive financial aid, and 42% are low-income students. The university enrolls 56% percent of historically underrepresented students. Our diverse student body identifies as 53% Hispanic/Latinx, 22% Asian, 13% White, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown, 3% African American/Black, 2% International, less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and less than 1% Native American. Forty-three percent of students enroll in our STEM majors and our top five enrolled programs across the university include mechanical engineering, computer science, civil engineering, psychology, as well as finance, real estate, and law.  

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria:

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline and uses it to inform their work in specific ways;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities and
  9. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship, and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Business Administration: Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration and Singelyn Graduate School of Business is one of the largest AACSB-accredited business schools in the nation, serving more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students with 81 tenure/tenure track professors and 84 lecturers. Ranked as a best business program by U.S. News & World Report (2024), the College is comprised of six departments, offering eight undergraduate options under the degree Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The Singelyn Graduate School of Business was established in 2022 with a transformative gift from alumni couple David and Ruth Singelyn and offers Master of Science degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Accountancy, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, Digital Supply Chain Management, and Information Security. The College is home to six centers of excellence that provide research opportunities, industry collaboration, and polytechnic student experiences. The College is located in a $30 million, state-of-the-art, three-building complex that houses over 100 faculty and staff, classrooms, lecture halls, labs, conference rooms, and student club rooms, among others. More information here- 

The Management and Human Resources (MHR) Department. MHR is one of six departments in the College of Business Administration and the Singelyn Graduate School, which serves more than 5,000 students. Our students are highly diverse, including first-generation students, many Latinx students, African American students, and students from other minority groups. The MHR Department has 17 tenure-track faculty members and more than 1,000 students in this major. The faculty holds Ph.D. degrees from some of the top research universities in the U.S. The faculty are research-active and publish in journals such as Academy of  Management Learning and Education, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Research Policy, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. The faculty is conscientious about the Teacher-Scholar Model embraced at Cal Poly Pomona and strives to integrate research into teaching in a highly collegial environment. More information about the MHR Department can be found in this link.

Position description. The MHR Department seeks a candidate who strives for excellence in teaching and research in a highly collegial working environment. The new faculty is expected to:

· Teach leadership, organizational behavior, and other management courses based on the department’s needs at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

· Maintain a well-defined stream of quality research.

· Advise students and participate in department, college, and university service.

Minimum requirements include:

  • An earned Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Management, or other closely related fields from an accredited university. ABD candidates may also apply, but the degree must be conferred by [August 18, 2025].
  • Candidates must provide evidence supporting effective teaching ability in the context of a multicultural and diverse student body.
  • Candidates must demonstrate an ability to publish in quality peer-reviewed journals in leadership and other closely related management research areas.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity. Evidence should be provided in a Student Success Statement that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.”

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. from an AACSB-accredited business school (or its international equivalent.)
  • Experience teaching leadership and other management courses, such as organizational behavior, principles of management, negotiation and conflict management, organizational change, international management, and ethics and diversity management.
  • A publication record aligned with Cal Poly Pomona’s Teacher-Scholar Model.
  • Experience advising management student organizations, such as the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), PIHRA, and CEO clubs or student case study competitions and/or a desire and potential to do so.

Conditions of Employment:
The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

Application Process:

A complete application package will include an electronic copy of the following:

  • A cover letter in which you describe your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A list of at least three references with contact information
  • A statement of teaching philosophy addressing Cal Poly Pomona’s Teacher-Scholar Model (2 pages max)
  • A research statement explaining the candidate’s research agenda (2 pages max)
  • If available, course syllabi and student evaluations
  • An unofficial transcript showing all doctoral coursework
  • A Student Success Statement (up to 2 pages, single-spaced) that responds to the prompt above - “Inclusive Excellence and Student Success” and addresses at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed (please indicate the criteria numbers in your Statement).

Finalists for the position will be required to:

  • Provide official transcripts for the highest degree before the on-campus interview.
  • Make a research presentation.
  • Make a teaching presentation.
  • Provide a research writing sample in the form of a publication or working paper.
  • Provide three letters of reference dated within the last two years.

Salary Range for academic-year, nine-month appointment: $121,000-$125,200.

The position is open until filled. Completed applications received by September 9, 2024, will be considered first. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Nastaran Simarasl at

Applications are accepted only via PageUp:

Equal Opportunity Employer:
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.

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